Renée Antebi was born in New York and holds a MEd in Applied Linguistics from the UK Open University . As the wife of an Israeli diplomat, she has travelled world-wide. Residing in Jerusalem, she currently teaches English as a Second Language.  She wishes to pursue a career in editing when accompanying her husband on his various postings.

Dvora Bitcover was born and raised in the USA, immigrating to Israel in 1981. She worked as a registered occupational therapist for 20 years. For the past 18 years she has been working as a grantwriter, Hebrew to English translator, and recently, as English editor. She has six children and many grandchildren.

Professor Mark Davies is a professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA.  His primary areas of research are corpus linguistics, the design and optimization of linguistic databases, language change and genre-based variation, and frequency and collocational analyses (all for English, Spanish, and Portuguese).

Tirza Teresa Deutscher immigrated to Israel from Buenos Aires, holds a BA in Comparative Literature and a teaching diploma for Hebrew and General Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She worked at the Jerusalem branch of the Jewish Agency in the Department of Jewish Education and Culture and served as its representative in Brazil.  She currently works as projects coordinator of the “Shrine of the Book”, Israel Museum. Tirza also holds a certificate in Interior Design, which together with fashion design and Italian literature are her special fields of interest.

Esther Esses was born in Los Angeles, California.  After completing a degree in Early Childhood Education, she immigrated to Israel with her family in 1968.  After earning a BA in Psychology from Touro College, she taught in a religious girls’ high school for twenty years and gained experience as a teacher trainer in religious women’s seminaries.  Currently, Esther edits many English as a Foreign Language textbooks for the religious sector and hopes to improve her editing skills and further her career.

 Chaya Falk was born in England and made Aliyah over thirty years ago.  She lived for several years on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu before moving to Carmel, a Moshav in the Hebron Hills where she resides with her husband and younger children.  She has been teaching English in high school for the last twenty years and has experience  teaching English as a foreign language to students.  Looking ahead to the future, she hopes to combine her skills in writing, translating and editing.

Jill Felix was born in Chicago.  She studied English and Spanish at Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio), graduating with a BA in English Literature in 1987.  After immigrating to Israel with her family fifteen years ago, Jill currently resides in Yerucham, Israel.  She has experience in academic writing and looks forward to progressing in her professional writing and editing career.

Deborah Gazit was born and raised in the U.S. She received her BA in European History from Cornell University which included one year’s study at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. After graduation, she relocated to a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley, received a teaching degree from Tel Aviv University, an academic translation certificate and her MEd from Oranim College. Deborah teaches English as a foreign language and translation skills at Mosad Amakim Tavor High School and lectures in English for Academic Purposes at the Yezreel Academic College. In addition, she is a freelance translator and editor.

Dr. Yosef Gotlieb, a geographer, editor, educator and writer, is the author of Rise, A Novel of Contemporary Israel (a Tikkun 2012 Recommends title), Self-Determination in the Middle East, and Development, Environment and Global Dysfunction. He is the founder and director of the David Yellin Academic College of Education’s Text and Publishing Studies in Jerusalem and coeditor of its journal, The 21st Century Text. He has recently completed a novel entitled A Private Passage. His website can be accessed at

Dr. Susan Holzman, is an applied linguist, whose work focuses on EAP reading, academic writing, language assessment and the use of dictionaries and corpora in language learning. She currently teaches at David Yellin Academic College, Jerusalem and Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan. Susan is a former president of ETAI (English Teachers’ Association of Israel) and presently serves as the regional representative for Israel on the Asia TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Executive Council.

Rachael Masri grew up in the Boston area, and has been living in Israel since 2007. She holds a BA in Communication, Spanish, and International Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has experience working in radio, advertising, and journalism at various media in Massachusetts, USA, and Cuernavaca, Mexico. She lives in a small community outside of Jerusalem with her husband and three children.

Susan Serenevich immigrated to Israel from Los Angeles, California in 1991. She holds a BA in Speech Communication from Cal State Northridge and a Teaching Diploma from Achva College, Israel. She is also a certified technical writer, editor and pastry chef.  Susan currently teaches English at high school. Prior to teaching, she worked in high tech as a copywriter and marketing communications manager. In addition, Susan is a freelance writer, business language coach/consultant and caterer. She lives in Rehovot with her husband and three grown-up children.

Naama Shwartz grew up and lives in Haifa, Israel. She has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and General History. She is involved in English editing and teaching. Her participation in the David Yellin Academic College Editing program will further her in her career.

Chava Weiss is from New York, beginning her editing career as a book editor in Manhattan. She immigrated to Israel in 1992. Currently, she is a writer, editor, and instructor in the David Yellin Academic College Editing program.  Chava also writes on cultural topics for varied publications. In September 2015, her first children’s book will be published in the USA.


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